December 7th, 2004

vest

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I got a call from my brother last night, just as I was getting ready to go in to work at the store. He said mom had fallen in the bathroom and he'd called an ambulance. He didn't know how bad she was. He asked if I could come over. I went into the store and let them know I would be taking the night off and headed over.

I got there and the ambulance was already there. She was laying on the floor and not very responsive. They rushed her to the hospital and started running tests. They have determined she had a stroke and will be doing more tests this morning to figure out where the stroke occurred and how severe it was.

My brother lives in Wichita and just happened to come into to town to meet a client. If he hadn't stopped by, who knows how long she would have been there before someone found her.

When I left the hospital around 12:30 this morning, she was at least mumbling at a whisper.

I'm getting ready to head back down to the hospital now. They already called this morning to let me know they were taking her in for an MRI.
vest

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Finally got to talk with the neurologist this evening. Mom's prognosis is not very good. The MRI this morning showed severe damage to multiple sections of the brain, affecting speech, motor skills, eye sight, balance and the ability to swallow. He said that she probably had either a blood clot or some plack that dislodge and exploded in her heart sending small fragments throughout her brain.

He said that the recovery time will probably be at least 6 months to a year before she regains about 80% of whatever she'll get back. But she will never recover fully. She will probably be released from the hospital in about a week to either a rehabilitation center or a nursing care facility, depending on whether she can swallow. If she can't, she will have to be in the nursing facility and they will have to implant a feeding tube to her stomach.

Knowing my mother, this isn't something she would be happy with. We've had conversations several times and she's always said she didn't want to be put in a nursing home.

One thing in her favor, she has always a real dynamo. Having more energy then everyone else around her. She's always been extremely independent and real fighter.

When we got ready to leave this evening, she was actually talking somewhat. However, her speech is still very slurred and hard to understand. She does have feeling on the right side, but only limited mobility. (She can barely move her fingers and toes and has difficulty opening her eye. Plus that side of her face is drooping.) But she does know who we are and where she's at. So I guess there is some small amount of hope.

Thanks for all the good thoughts and prayers.
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